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NBA: San Antonio enjoy record-breaking rout against Indiana Pacers

The Spurs hammered Indiana 101-96 for their best ever start to a season, while LeBron James stars for Miami as they surge to a 124-99 victory over Phoenix.

San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker reacts to a call during the NBA match with Indiana Pacers
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker reacts to a call during the NBA match with Indiana Pacers

The four-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs stormed to a franchise-best 4-0 start to the season after routing the Indiana Pacers 101-79 on Monday.

Reserve Gary Neal led five Spurs in double figures with 17 points, while Tim Duncan got a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lift the franchise to a new milestone.

Despite winning four NBA championships between 1999 and 2007, the Spurs had never won their first four regular season games until now.

San Antonio grabbed an eight-point lead after the first quarter before scoring the first 11 points of the second to push their advantage to 37-18.

The visiting Pacers (2-2) never fully recovered, trimming the deficit to nine at halftime only to be pegged back again in the second half.

George Hill and Paul George had 15 and 14 points respectively but Indiana shot just 34 per cent from the field.

Carmelo Anthony led the way with 21 points as the New York Knicks secured a 3-0 start to a season for the first time this century with a 110-88 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

JR Smith poured in 17 points, Raymond Felton had 16 and Tyson Chandler 14 for the Knicks, who had beaten the same opposition 24 hours earlier.

It meant they won their first three games for the first time since 1999.

The Minnesota Timberwolves erased a 22-point deficit as they rallied to beat the Brooklyn Nets 107-96.

From 71-49 down near the start of the second half, the Timberwolves were unstoppable, sealing the win with a 32-10 fourth quarter.

Nikola Pekovic led Minnesota with 17 points.

LeBron James starred for Miami as the Heat surged to a 124-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

James scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a win which was secured courtesy of a 23-6 run in the third.

The Memphis Grizzlies got 16 points and 18 rebounds from Zach Randolph as they beat the Utah Jazz 103-94 in front of their new owners.

OJ Mayo poured in 32 points to help the Dallas Mavericks to a 114-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Sacramento Kings got their first win as 23 points and 15 rebounds from DeMarcus Cousins helped them edge out the Golden State Warriors 94-92.

Dion Waiters poured in 28 points wile Kyrie Irving added 24 points and 10 rebounds to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-101.

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